Nasser Alzayani is a Bahraini/American architect and artist who expresses himself best through drawing. His artwork usually consists of moments of time, recorded in a travel sketchbook, that display a recurring sense of place. Nasser considers his drawings as traces of memories that portray his experiences, as well as a rigorous methodology of leaving a mark.

Currently studying at the American University of Sharjah, Nasser continues to develop his style as an artist and an illustrator who captures glimpses of moments from both the physical environment and abstract geometry. He mainly works in ink and graphite with occasional introductions of color and mixed media.



  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) - American University of Sharjah (AUS), Sharjah, UAE

Work Experience:

  • 2013 - Present          Writing Center Tutor/Fellow - American University of Sharjah, UAE

  • 2014 - 2015               Teacher’s Assistant (Architectural Principles) - American University of Sharjah, UAE

  • 2014                          Architecture Intern - Ministry of Culture, Bahrain

  • 2014                          Intern at the 2014 Venice Biennale - The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates, Venice, Italy

  • 2013 - 2014               Academic Support Center Student Advisor for CAAD - American University of Sharjah, UAE

  • 2013 - 2014               Digital Fabrication Lab Assistant - American University of Sharjah, UAE

  • 2013                          Architecture Intern - Atelier Traldi, Milan, Italy

  • 2012 - 2013               Treasurer AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) - American University of Sharjah, UAE

  • 2011 - 2012                Teacher’s Assistant (Art History) - American University of Sharjah, UAE

Exhibitions & Publications:

  • 2014                          Sketchbooks exhibited by the Crossway Foundation at the Brazil Festival in Doha, Qatar
                                                The exhibition showcased work produced during a trip to Brazil with Create and Inspire 2014
  • 2014                          Blog entry published in the UAE newspaper The National’s “The Art Blog” edited by Anna Seaman
                                                “Create & Inspire: Nasser Al Zayani” (Sept 8, 2014)
  • 2014                          Featured artist in Areej Magazine (Bahrain) for their September issue
                                                Interview about my work as a sketchbook artist, including images from my latest sketchbook 
                                                from Venice, Italy
  • 2014                          The National Pavilion of the UAE’s Exhibition Management Guide for the 2014 Venice Biennale
                                                An illustrated guide to managing and maintaining the exhibition for the Venice Internship
  • 2014                          Blog entry published in the UAE newspaper The National’s “The Art Blog” edited by Anna Seaman
                                                “Venice Architecture Biennale: Observations and Drawings” (June 18, 2014)
  • 2014                          Sketchbooks exhibited as a part of 2014’s Design House at the 2014 Sikka Art Fair in Dubai
                                                10 sketchbooks were exhibited showcasing an array of drawings from the past three years
  • 2013                          Featured artist in the Dubai Ladies Club Portrait Exhibition “Looking is Not Seeing”     
                                                “Self Portrait #1” - digital portrait (iPad)
  • 2012                          Shortlisted and exhibited among 50 works for the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award
                                                “Rethinking the Still Life” - charcoal drawing
  • 2011                           Paper published in the AUS Writing Studies Department publication the DWS Reader
                                                “The Role of Language in Culture: Linguistic Aspects of Identity”

Awards & Scholarships:

  • 2014                           Winning artist of the Crossway Foundation’s 2014 Create & Inspire Competition
                                                 An art retreat to Brazil along with 11 artists from the Middle East and the UK

  • 2014                           Won the British Petroleum (BP) “One Team” Award for student research at AUS 2012-2013

  • 2014                           Won the British Petroleum (BP) “Courage” Award for student research at AUS 2012-2013
                                                 “Transient Permanence: Shelter, Dialogue and the Palestinian Refugee”

  • 2013                           Recipient of the 2013 Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship from the American University of Sharjah
                                                  The most prestigious scholarship that an AUS undergraduate can achieve. It is awarded on the 
                                                  basis of student academic excellence, leadership potential, service to community, demonstrated 
                                                  talent in the field of study, and participation in extracurricular and university activities.

  • 2013                           2nd place joint winner of the Fine Arts category in the 2013 Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award
                                                  “Windtowers” - ink drawing

  • 2012                           First runner-up in a university-wide essay competition organized by the AUS Middle Eastern Studies
                                       Department for the 2011-2012 academic year
                                                  “Painting History: the Gate of the Great Mosque of Damascus” 

  • 2012                           Won the British Petroleum (BP) “Innovative” Award for student research at AUS 2010-2011
                                                  “Finding the Middle East in 17th Century Italia”